containerbay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Z-Glass Cost to Build Estimated Material Costs: $26,000 (370 sq ft) Want to know how much it will cost to have a contractor build it for you? Visit Build-Cost.net and follow these instructions. General notes about construction costs:Costs for materials are almost the same in different regions but labor costs will vary greatly depending on where you live. We provide costs with a post and pier foundation.
$99K House Series: Core House » Swamplot: Houston's Real Estate Landscape Next featured entry to the $99K House Competition: This design from Houston’s Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects. The firm calls its design the Core House: Like many of the existing homes in the Houston neighborhood, the CORE house is a compact, single story structure that uses pier and beam construction. Homes / The Dwell Home / The Original Dwell Home The Original Dwell Home was the winning design of the Dwell Home Design Invitational. Sixteen architecture firms from the US and abroad were selected to submit design entries. The winning design came from Resolution 4 Architecture, a firm based in New York City. Since then, the house has been the subject of national press attention and has received accolades from media, designers, and design enthusiasts.
Modern Modular Done Right from Challenger Living A lot of lessons have been learned over the last decade as architects and manufacturers try to make modern green prefab affordable and accessible to a wider audience. A new entry into the market is Challenger, a modern architect-designed line of houses from Manitoba, Canada's Conquest Manufacturing. They recently displayed a new model, the Cube, at the National Home Show in Toronto. By way of background, prior to coming to TreeHugger I spend a number of years trying to introduce modern modular to the Canadian marketplace, and did just about everything wrong. Looking at the Challenger line, I think that they have done just about everything right.
Teahouse / A1 Architects Architects: David Maštálka / A1 Architects Location: Prague, Czech Republic Client: David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová Project year: 2008 (35 days) Contractor: Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic) Collaborators: Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka Dome construction: Jan Bašta Opponency of Diploma Project: Terunobu Fujimori , University of Tokyo Interpreting: Petr Holý, Director of Czech Center in Tokyo Surface Area: 3,75 sqm Construction Area: 7 sqm Photographs: Ester Havlová The Garden At the foot of the hill dividing Hloubetin and Aloisov you’ll find a small garden. The garden is unostentatious, slightly wild but even so graceful, each spring apple and cherry trees blossom and when summer swiftly blows upon us our sight of the passing clouds is surrounded by slim blades of grass. The teahouse as a minimal place to gather
Logical Homes Welcome to Logical Homes Fifty years ago it was assumed that by now we would all be living in space stations high above the earth. Yet the future didn't quite work out that way. Most of us live on terra firma in homes that (in the rich western world) are built pretty much the same way as those constructed fifty years ago: by people standing out in the sun hammering wood together.
Low cost housing kits The patented technology is cost effective due to its repetitive application. It is affordable due to the fact that the Families, Empty-Nesters 3-4 bedrooms + additional pods3 baths1 level56' x 54'starting at $635,000optional pod $155,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2-2.5 baths1 level57' x 39' - 6"starting at $350,000 3 bedrooms2 baths1 level60' x 36' | 71' x 40'starting at $465,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2 baths1 level57' x 20' - 6"$285,000+
Small house movement The small house movement (also known as the "tiny house movement") is a famous description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. Background In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet (247.3 m2) in 2013, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige. The small house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Treehouse / RPA Architects: RPA Location: Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, CA, USA Project Area: 16 sqm Project Year: 2009